The Chancellor's Task Force Reports

In November 2009, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little created three task forces to identify strategies for advancing the University of Kansas in the areas of research, admissions, and retention and graduation. You can read more about the mission of these task forces in her message to campus announcing the initiative.

  • Research Drawing upon the recommendations of the Research Task Force, the university plans to take steps to remove barriers and create more incentives for faculty to conduct research and undertake scholarly and creative activities. The effort will include creating a university-wide system to measure scholarlship that takes into consideration diverse activities across academic fields, from the traditional measure of citations in research journals to creative scholarship and performance. Our goal is to enhance the impact of faculty work over the long term, regardless of discipline.
  • Admissions The recruitment of talented students is a deciding factor in the success of the University of Kansas. The Admissions Task Force identified a number of admissions and recruitment challenges that KU faces as it seek ways to ensure that qualified students — especially from Kansas — choose to attend KU. Ultimately, admissions standards are set by the Board of Regents. KU will continue to consult with the Board of Regents and work with state partners to ensure a more rigorous high school experience for prospective students, consistent with the Board of Regents recommendations. We will continue to pursue our goal of admitting more prepared students, with a key priority for the year to identify more ambitious strategies of recruitment.
  • Retention & Graduation The Retention and Graduation Task Force recommended both fundamental and instrumental changes to enhance KU’s efforts to successfully recruit and retain students, provide them with outstanding educational opportunities, and celebrate their timely graduation. Fundamental strategies will include examining and refreshing the curriculum as well as expanded roles for students in research and community engaged scholarship. Instrumental changes will include adjustments in policies, practices, and tools to address specific challenges, such as an early warning system that will alert officials when a student seems to be struggling academically. Chris Haufler, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, who chaired the retention and graduation task force, will work with the provost to develop strategies to address these recommendations.
Bold Aspirations

Bold Aspirations is the strategic plan for KU, comprising individual plans for the following:

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Poet offers insights to Jayhawk experience through wordplay "Welcome to KU. Where questions rest, in stacks of answers from the past. …" Listen to Topher Enneking, a spoken word poet and former KU football player, as he weaves the experience of KU and its traditions through this storytelling and wordplay performance. Learn more about KU traditions at http://www.ku.edu/about/traditions/. Welcome to KU. Where questions rest in stacks of answers from the past. Where dreams crawl out of bed And learn to walk Uphill both ways. Where freshmen stand on stilts And hang from the rafters, While the wheat waves In a fieldhouse Where the Phog rolls in Helping us to see Through the past into the future. Haunting hosts giving handouts in a heritage Too heavy to grasp til you add to it. So it may be born anew, Allowing our boots to stand in the ash of oppression’s hate But shine bright as the sun While war cries of warriors past Ring in our ears long after their battles are won. Memorials telling time, “you don’t have to stand still.” Because the top of the world Is just up that Hill. Where our natural history is an awe-struck echo Of world’s fair and equal Past, present and future, prelude and sequel. Where our flags fly above planes. Where we build in chalks that can’t be erased. Stone edifices made to last So you would walk Past their doors, down their halls And let your voice fill their room. Because only in empty silence can destruction loom. So stand tall. Wrap your arms around this crowd Sing our alma mater and sing it out loud. Let your voice sing in chorus and reach other nations Beckoning new Jayhawks to spark new collaborations Because you are the mortar that will hold these walls upright. Your future Your dreams are why Jayhawks did fight For the tradition before you Was merely prelude For what will come next now that you’re at KU.


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Why KU
  • One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
  • 26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
  • Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
  • 1 of 9 public universities with outstanding study abroad programs.
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • 46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
    —ALA
  • $260.5 million in externally funded research expenditures
  • 23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times